Afterness: Figures of Following in Modern Thought and Aesthetics (Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts)

Afterness: Figures of Following in Modern Thought and Aesthetics (Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts)

Gerhard Richter


Gerhard Richter's groundbreaking learn argues that the concept that of "afterness" is a key determine within the inspiration and aesthetics of modernity. It pursues questions similar to: What does it suggest for whatever to "follow" whatever else? Does that which follows mark a transparent holiday with what got here earlier than it, or does it actually tacitly perpetuate its predecessor due to its inevitable indebtedness to the phrases and stipulations of that from which it claims to have departed? certainly, isn't the very act of breaking with, after which following upon, a manner of retroactively developing and fortifying that from which the holiday that set the circulation of following into movement had occurred?

The publication explores the idea that and circulate of afterness as a privileged but uncanny classification via shut readings of writers corresponding to Kant, Kafka, Heidegger, Bloch, Benjamin, Brecht, Adorno, Arendt, Lyotard, and Derrida. It indicates how the vexed suggestions of afterness, following, and coming after shed new mild on a constellation of contemporary preoccupations, together with own and cultural reminiscence, translation, images, desire, and the ancient and conceptual specificity of what has been termed "after Auschwitz." The study's a variety of analyses—across a heterogeneous number of glossy writers and thinkers, various old moments of articulation, and a variety of media—conspire to light up Lyotard's apodictic assertion that "after philosophy comes philosophy. however it has been altered by way of the 'after.'" As Richter's problematic research demonstrates, a lot hinges on our interpretation of the "after." finally, our so much basic assumptions bearing on glossy aesthetic illustration, conceptual discourse, neighborhood, subjectivity, and politics are at stake.

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